Meridor: Likud would agree to transfer land to PA

Deputy PM says Palestinian state with 1967 borders is "unacceptable," but some land would no longer be part of Israel.

March 7, 2011 12:19
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Dan Meridor Ramallah Quarry

Dan Meridor Ramallah Quarry 311. (photo credit: The Israel Project)

Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said that the Likud would back the transfer of some West Bank land to Palestinians, in a Monday interview with Army Radio.

Meridor said that a Palestinian state within 1967 borders is "unacceptable" and that "the world has already recognized that the main settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria would stay in Israeli hands."

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However, "it is an Israeli interest of the highest degree" to transfer more of the West Bank to Palestinian control.

"Without an initiative, the whole world will recognize a Palestinian state with 1967 borders," Meridor explained.

Meridor was referring to the transfer of uninhabited land in Area C to Palestinian controlled Area A as a gesture.

 In response, MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) said that Meridor's statements "are not accepted by most of the Likud. It is unreasonable to give up parts of our land and repeat past mistakes."

Meridor's comments came after reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to announce a new peace initiative.

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